Polygons

These small-scale gouache paintings are allegories for interpersonal interactions. They are about the emotional resonance of human relationships and how they become inextricably linked with the places where they flourish or whither.

The polygonal forms are essentially stand-ins for people: colors, angles and relative positions allude to power dynamics and emotional tenor. Elements of landscape and still life, from the red-hued Mojave of my childhood and the verdant Pacific Northwest I now call home, mark these as biographical.

Began in 2016, this ongoing series began with this thought experiment penned in a sketchbook: “stories are abstractions of events; geometry is the abstraction of the space where those events occur.”